A primer on real ale. What is real ale? How is it different from "fake" ale. Real ale, aka cask conditioned ale, cask ale. It's not warm and flat people! Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, cask ale, real ale
I talk to James Thatcher about the beer culture on the Franco-Belgian border. And I'll tell you about what's happening in my home brewery. I'd like to say hi to some new listeners. I got an email from Rich Gallagher inviting me to join a new social network for beer drinkers. The network is called Democracy's Drink. While the red, white, and blue national patriotism seems a little odd for such a universal beverage, Rich has got the right idea. Bring beer enthusiasts together and let them make... Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, real ale
On today's show... we'll catch up on what's happening and talk about how to drink with the seasons and what that means. Belgian Tripel, asparagus, food pairing. Topics: long island, beer, ale, brewing, craft beer, homebrew, new york
On today's show, let's talk about summer beers. Right now I'm drinking Shoals Pale Ale from Smuttynose. I picked this up at Big Z's in Huntington. Speaking of summer beers, I brewed a hefeweizen last Sunday. It's fermenting away right now. July 5th, the Southampton Triple will be available at beer stores and on tap at your finest Long Island pubs. Also on the Calendar, DEKS in Rocky Point is hosting another Beer Dinner. This one will be on July 11th at 7 pm, so mark your calendars. I have a... Topics: long island, beer, ale, whiskey, southampton, triple, pale ale, smuttynose, brewing, craft beer,...
It's National Novel Writing Month. Thousands of new science fiction novels are being written this month and a few are even about Mars. My novel is called The Trace Agency. It's not set on Mars, but it should be. Today is Science Fiction Friday (that's what the "sff" means in the subject line above). More comments on Doctor Who and Torchwood. And I'll tell you about my own adventures in science fiction television writing. How 'bout them canals? The French word for the day is carré. Topics: nanowrimo, science fiction, doctor who, torchwood, mars, canals, french, language
On today's show... some thoughts about this podcast. I've got a quiz question for the amateur craftbrewers out there. I'll tell you about a conversation I had with my buddy Rasan on the subject of local economies. And, as promised last time, I'll tell you about my home pub. Topics: beer, craft beer, pub, taproom, long island, cask conditioned ale, real ale, rocky point, deks
It's National Novel Writing Month. I'll give you the latest on my nanovel, The Trace Agency. My current word count is ?. One third of the way in time and it's getting hard to remember what I wrote on days one and two---so I made some recordings that I can listen to while I'm in the car. Since it's Science Fiction Friday, I ramble a bit about Doctor Who and Torchwood, the episode titles are "The Girl in the Fireplace" and "Cyberwoman". Next week... More of my NaNoWriMo diary. Topics: beer, nanowrimo, doctor who, torchwood
On today's show... I'll talk about some additions to The Beer Hall Guide to Long Island: Mobo Bar, Crop Circle Beer, and Kelso of Brooklyn. Topics: beer, ale, long island, podcast, brewing, homebrewing, craftbeer, keg, how-to
This is Slow Brew for Friday, June 23rd, 2006. I'm Donavan Hall and these are my beer adventures. Drink Like a Monk Planning Discussion 6/17/06 12:11 PM Saxo by Brasserie Caracole 6/17/06 5:44 PM Garden of Eve Turkey Chicks 6/17/06 3:06 PM Farm Invesntory - 6/17/06 4:30 PM Blue Point Summer Ale Review (Lenndevours) Painters Blue Point Summer Ale 6/16/06 1:03 PM Painters Hoptical Illusion 6/16/06 1:22 PM Swiftway in Medford 6/16/06 2:14 PM John Harvard's Beer List 6/17/06 11:48 AM John Harvard's... Topic: beer brewing food
It's National Novel Writing Month. My novel is called The Trace Agency. Today I want to talk about reading habits. I finished reading A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot. I saw the Jean-Pierre Juenet film (Un long dimanche de fiançailles) and wanted some idea about how the adaptation compared to the original. At the end, I was about to abandon the film, but Juenet did it right. I didn't actually read this book; I listened to it. Is it different listening to a book as opposed to... Topics: nanowrimo, film, technology, french, novels, fiction
we'll catch up with the buzz, take a look at Fe-brew-ary's calendar of events; I'll update you on how my drinking only homebrewed beer at home experiment is going, but first some news... Long Island brew pubs and Rocky Point's very own Deks get a mention in The New York Times. The author of the article interviewed me and some impressions of what I said were printed. No mention of The Beer Hall or Radio Beer Hall. Still waiting for Prime Time in that department. Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, real ale
On today's show... Oakham Bishops Farewell, update on a year of drinking homebrewed craftbeer at home, the future of craft beer: boutique farming and brewing. Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, cask ale, real ale
On today's show... it's American Craft Beer Week. I tell you what Long Island is doing to celebrate American craft beer. We'll take a look at the text of the Declaration of Beer Independence and why some people don't like it. Topics: long island, beer, ale, brewing, craft beer, homebrew, new york
a review of Beer Wars Live and an update on tomorrow's pub crawl. Some beers are objectively better than other beers. Experienced beer drinkers, the beer geeks, unanimously agree that craft beer is better than macro-swill, even macro-swill that tries to pass itself off as "craft". If real craft beer is better than macro-swill, why don't the macro-swill producers (who seem to have the capital and technology to do it) make good beer instead of crap? Topic: long island craft beer guide
the beer hall guide to long island is ready. in this edition i'll talk about all of long island's microbreweries and the top beer bars Topics: craftbeer, podcast, beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, real ale
episode 94 of Long Island's craft beer podcast... Today we talk about how to pour a beer. We discuss the philosophy of tasting and visit a beer bar in Houston Texas called The Flying Saucer. Topics: beer, ale, long island, houston, taste
It's National Novel Writing Month. I'll give you the latest on my nanovel, The Trace Agency. My current word count is 25899. I relax with a glass of Brother Thelonious from North Coast Brewing. The French word for the day is le bruit. Topics: beer, craft beer, north coast brewing, belgian beer, belgian style beer, strong dark ale, nanowrimo
I had a pleasant surprise yesterday. The new edition of Graham Sander's Craftbrewer Radio came out and it features a contribution by me, a "roving report" where I talk about what I'm brewing this summer. I've put together a "podcast extra" or special edition podcast that contains an excerpt from Craftbrewer Radio so you can listen to what Graham and the Cellarman have to say. Graham has evidently listened to a few of my Slow Brew podcasts and he says the first few were... Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, trappist, ale, abbey,...
On today's show... we head down to Dave's Bellport Cold Beer & Soda where we caught up with Joe Mollura of Brooklyn Brewery. He was giving out samples and he told us what the next caged and corked offering will be from Brooklyn Brewery: it's not going to be Local 2. After that we talk with Dave about how the tasting went and he'll tell us about cellaring Black Chocolate Stout. On the beer calendar: (18) BEER meeting at the Brickhouse, (22-24) Cask Head cask fest at Brazen Head in Brooklyn,... Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, real ale, taprooms, pubs, brooklyn
donavan's beer podcast has a new name but he's resuming his usual coverage of the long island craft beer and brewing scene. stay tuned (as they say)... Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, cale, real ale
It's another road trip. Mike and I head down to the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue with our cask of Royal Mild. We attended the fourth annual Long Island Real Ale Festival. The beer was great and I talked with a lot of people: Bernie Kilkelly, Dave of Bellport Beers, the eponymous Paul Brown famous for having a beer on tap at the Brickhouse named after him, and Dean from Deks. We did a brief "sober-up" tailgate at the train station with water and sandwiches courtesy of Rich. Topics: beer, ale, long island, captain lawrence, brewing, homebrewing, racer 5, mild, legacy brewing,...
On today's show... A recap of the North Fork Craft Beer Fest and we'll continue our dialog about why smaller is better. One way you can support this podcast is by purchasing a copy of The Beer Hall Guide to Long Island. The guide has information about all the breweries on Long Island, and information about the best craft beer bars and beer stores. I've also included a chapter on amateur craftbrewing and some other articles that will make the guide a satisfying reading experience. Talk to your... Topics: craftbeer, podcast, beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, real ale
Items on part one of the show: (1) beer of the week: ommegang witte, (2) la brasserie d'orval and stan's comments Items on part two of the show: (1) the cottage brewing, brewing the blond abbey single Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, trappist, ale, abbey, ommegang...
2008 is the year where I'm only drinking homebrewed beer at home. That means that if I drink beer at my house, it has to be beer that I made or beer that my friends have made. A few weeks ago, Mike and I had a huge, super brewday. We made 36 gallons of beer. That beer is fermented and it's time to put it into the keg. Today, I take you through all the steps necessary to get the beer from the fermenter into the serving keg. Topics: beer, ale, long island, podcast, brewing, homebrewing, craftbeer, keg, how-to
On today's show... I'll be talking about the importance of drinking locally brewed beer. We'll catch up with the Wit Project. Topics: craftbeer, podcast, beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, real ale
On today's show... we'll be talking about the cask night at Deks in Rocky Point. We had a cask of Oakham's Bishop's Farewell from England last Friday. It was a huge success. Largest turn out ever for a cask night at Deks. We're showing that cask conditioned ale does have a future on Long Island. We'll talk with Mike Voigt, a BJCP certified Beer Judge and brewer, and with Rich Thatcher, the President of the Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts. After that, the buzz. A quick run down of the... Topics: beer, craft beer, pub, taproom, long island, cask conditioned ale, real ale, bay shore, rocky...
This is Slow Brew for Friday, June 23rd, 2006. I'm Donavan Hall and these are my beer adventures. This week on the show: part 1: news & brews part 2: the brewer's table Drink Like a Monk Planning Discussion 6/17/06 12:11 PM Saxo by Brasserie Caracole 6/17/06 5:44 PM Garden of Eve Turkey Chicks 6/17/06 3:06 PM Farm Invesntory - 6/17/06 4:30 PM part 3: long island beer update Blue Point Summer Ale Review (Lenndevours) Painters Blue Point Summer Ale 6/16/06 1:03 PM Painters Hoptical Illusion... Topic: beer brewing homebrewing food
This is Slow Brew for Sunday, August 20th, 2006. Each week on the show we explore the joys of craft beer and beer culture. I'm your host Donavan Hall and these are my beer adventures. On this week's show... we have a couple of essays that I wrote for The Spirit World on what annoys me about the megabrewers. Both of these essays generated quite a bit of discussion and really pressed me to think hard about what it would mean to drink only locally brewed beer. I'll round out the first half of the... Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, megabrews, coffee
Show notes: On today's show... a trip to Big Z's in Huntington, a report on a visit to Canterbury Ales. I'll tell you about the B.E.E.R. meeting and about Scott Vacaro from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Pleasantville, New York. Topics: beer, ale, long island, captain lawrence, brewing, homebrewing
This show continues my audio tour of Washington breweries. I read an article about my trip to the Powerhouse in Puyallup, Washington. But before that I do a quick Long Island Beer Update. I talk about going to Bobbique in Patchogue for lunch and talking to the cellarman there, Dave. Note: I recorded this show a week ago. In my announcements, I make reference to the "News & Brews" section of my web site. I've decided to move all that content into Catch & Release so you don't... Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, ale, beer travel, washington,...
Today on the show we have... changes at John Harvard's Brew House, a couple of restaurant/pub reviews, the first in my series of "second place" reviews, I'll try to explain the ranking system for the Long Island beer guide, a trip to Whole Foods, and of course a B.E.E.R. update, but first some some beer news: DJ is leaving John Harvard's. Hey all you brewers and pub owners, I'm trying to help you get the word out about your special events and what you have on tap. Contact me. I... Topics: beer, long island, craft beer, coffee, espresso, ale, lager
On today's show... Mike and I take the microphone to Deks in Rocky Point to sample the two new beer that are on tap: Sixpoint Bengali Tiger and North Coast's Brother Thelonious (the subject of an earlier podcast in this series). Don't forget to come to the cask night -- it's going to be Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale -- that will be tapped at 6 pm on Friday, January 11, 2008. Cheers! Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, cale, real ale
This is Slow Brew for Sunday, September 3rd, 2006. Each week on the show we explore the joys of craft beer and beer culture. I'm Donavan Hall and these are my beer adventures. On this week's show... we have The Brewer's Kitchen. I followed Denise around with the microphone as she walks us through the preparation of Grilled Shrimp Poboys which we paired with two different Saisons, a craftbrew (or homebrew) and a commercial import, Pissenlit a dandelion flavored Saison by Fantome. Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, french, ale, saison
A podcast about beer, brewing, and food. Part One consists of two segments. The Beer of the Week is Blue Point Blueberry Ale and I pair this beer with Denise's homemade Blueberry Cheesecake. She used the fresh, organic blueberries that we received from the Garden of Eve. Then Denise and I do a recap of our "Drink Like a Monk" tasting event. That rounds out the first half hour of the show. The second half hour is another installment in The Cottage Brewer series. This time I take you... Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, trappist, ale, abbey,...
I'll tell you about my trip out to Washington state where I visited a few breweries. I discuss sulfur off flavors in beer and where they come from. Topics: beer, ale, long island, podcast, brewing, homebrewing, craftbeer, keg, how-to
On today's show... a rundown of upcoming craft beer events on Long Island and some of my thoughts on what "craft" really means. Then we consider the question: "what is your ideal pub?" But first let me tell you how to contact me. The web address for the podcast is radiobeerhall.com. Use the links on the web site or send an email at donavan at radio beer hall dot com. Topic: long island craft beer guide
Theme music by Jonah Dempcy (revolutionvoid.com) Part 1 Stick with the Plan, originally published on The Spirit World on June 9th Beer Styles Commentary Southampton Publick House Double White Intermission Announcement: Coming up... Music: A Mystifying Experience (1:23) Part 2 John Harvard's Mug Club Bottling the Mild Tasting Notes for: Blue Point Summer Ale from Blue Point Brewing Company here on Long Island (a review to be publishing on Lenndevours) Stoudt's Pils from Stoudt's Brewing Company... Topics: beer, brewing, homebrewing
Special edition of the show today. I take the mic to the Chelsea Brewing Company in Manhattan (Pier 59). Denise and Laura come along and give some expert tasting commentary. Frosty Winter Wheat. Chelsea Nut Brown Ale (which I had on cask at The Ginger Man last Monday). The Blizzard (IPA). Topics: beer, ale, chelsea brewing company, manhattan, ipa, nut brown ale, wheat beer
On today's show... some sounds from our Manhattan/Brooklyn pubcrawl and an update on Long Island's new breweries: Long Ireland Beer Company, Greenport Harbour Brewing Company, and Fire Island Beer Company. We visit Jimmy's No. 43 in Manhattan where we tasted a flight of beers from the Norwegian brewery NÃ¸gne Ã. Topic: long island craft beer guide
I talk to Andy Calimano of Starfish Junction Productions about the Spring Craft Beer Festival. Also I had an opportunity to brew a beer with my friend Mike Voigt and we took some time out to taste some beers: one of which was the White Magick of the Sun from the Voodoo Brewery in Meadville, PA. Part two of my chat with Rich will be on the next edition of this podcast. Next let's take a look at the calendar... On the beer calendar: (7) Cask Night at Deks, (8 & 9) Mugs Ale House 9th Annual... Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, voodoo brewery, wit, spring craft beer festival,...
On today's show... I have an addition to the my Long Island craft beer guide: Shoreline Beverage in Huntington. And I'll round out this show with some thoughts on all-grain brewing and how that is a gateway activity to living the craft lifestyle. Topics: beer, ale, long island, podcast, brewing, homebrewing, craftbeer, keg, how-to
The basics: No faster-than-light travel. No aliens. No regular commerce with alien cultures or even interstellar colonies populated by humans. The future of the human race depends on this blue ball orbiting the Sun. Topics: science fiction, mundane sf, writing, novels, fiction
I missed doing an episode last week because I was traveling. I took my son to Washington (state) and I sampled the beers of Seattle and Tacoma while my son pursued the joys of Root Beer. This installment of Slow Brew is only half an hour. I give you the briefest of outlines for my Washington brewery tour and read my Brewsday essay for this week, "Beer Culture in Oregon and Washington." Topics: beer, podcast, craft beer, homebrewing, craftbrewing, brewing, food, trappist, ale, abbey,...
The Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale was tapped just after 6 pm on Friday, January 11, 2008. It was a resounding success. The cask (a pin, about 5 gallons) kicked just after 10 pm, with Donavan getting the last drops of hop soup. We met a lot of new people and shared some good beer and conversation. We'll also be talking about the hops shortage and what that will mean for local beer prices. Topics: beer, ale, long island, captain lawrence, brewing, smuttynose, shoals pale ale, cask conditioned...
This show doesn't really fit into either of the three formats I planned for Slow Brew. It's not about brewing; it's not about beer and food; it's not about Long Island Beer. What is this show about? Craft beer. We'll just have to file this one under beer commentary. The first half of the show focuses on the Beer of the Week selection. Since June is/was "Drink Like a Monk" Month, I drink like a monk by opening up a bottle of Allagash Dubbel from Allagash Brewing Company. This bottle of... Topics: beer, craft beer, allagash dubbel, butternuts, porkslap, heinnieweisse Source: Angler Radio
Rich Thatcher is back for part two of our chat about the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts. After that we'll review a couple of beers from Flying Dog brewery out in Denver. Topics: beer, ale, long island, brewing, homebrewing, flying dog, k9 cruiser, horn dog, denver